Dorothy Brevig, 86, Kensett, Iowa

Published 9:08 am Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dorothy Irene Brevig, 86, of Kensett, Iowa, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, as a result of cancer, at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa.

Dorothy Brevig

A funeral service for Dorothy will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at the Bethany Lutheran Church, 600 Fifth St., Kensett, with the Rev. Tom Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Kensett Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Conner Colonial Chapel, 1008 First Ave. S., Northwood, Iowa. Visitation will also be one hour prior to service time on Saturday at the church.

Dorothy Irene Brevig, was born on March 29, 1925, in Vancouver, Wash., the daughter of John and Emma (Barth) Heffel. Dorothy received her education in the Portland, Ore., schools, graduating from high school in Portland. She was united in marriage to Kenneth W. Brevig on Dec. 19, 1945, in Portland, and to this union nine children were born. He preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 1997. In 1946, they moved to Caledonia. where Dorothy was a certified nursing assistant, before moving to Kensett in 1949. Most of her life Dorothy was a stay-at-home mom, where she enjoyed taking care of her family. Dorothy was most recently a resident of the Lutheran Retirement Home in Northwood.

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She enjoyed reading books, especially western books, watching John Wayne western movies, loved animals, collecting stuffed bears and salt and pepper shakers, traveling throughout the United States, camping and fishing.

Dorothy was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Kensett, the church circle, was a Sunday school teacher for many years, and was a den mother.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Darlene (Robert) Oakland of Glenville, Barbara (Maynard) Peterson of Joice, Iowa, Garry (LaVonne) Brevig of Gordonsville, Larry (Marcella) Brevig of Kensett, Richard (Bonnie) Brevig of Northwood, Kenneth (Teresa) Brevig of Northwood, and Mark (Lanita) Brevig of Northwood; 19 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; and a great-grandchild soon to be born; her sister, Betty Swartzendruber of Rickreall, Ore.; and her brother, Gordon Heffel; a sister-in-law, Arlene Koors of Warsaw, Ind.; as well as many other nieces, nephews and other extended family members and friends.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth; brother, Eugene Heffel; and two sons who died in infancy, Terry Lee and Michael Lee Brevig; two brother-in-laws, Ronald Grenier and Harold Chapman; and a sister-in-law, Virginia Norstrom.

Conner Colonial Chapel is in charge of arrangements and can be reached at 641-324-1542 or at